SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was arraigned yesterday, May 2, 2016, on charges of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim over $16,000 for a vehicle being driven by a relative in a minor collision. Amezcua Alejandra Rodriguez, 40, Santa Ana, is charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud. If convicted, Rodriguez faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. Rodriguez is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing June 17, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On May 29, 2015, Rodriguez's relative was involved in a minor vehicle collision by hitting a guardrail in Garden Grove. Rodriguez is accused of not being in the vehicle at the time of the collision.
On June 1, 2015, Rodriguez is accused of submitting a claim to Infinity Insurance stating that she was the driver of the vehicle in order to shield her relative from the collision investigation. Rodriguez is accused of subsequently receiving a claim benefit for over $16,000 from Infinity Insurance.
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) conducted an investigation into this case after Infinity Insurance reviewed Garden Grove Police Department's report of the crash, which indicated that Rodriguez had not been the driver of the vehicle.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office often works jointly with CDI in prosecuting automobile fraud related cases. Such efforts are supported by grant funding allocated by CDI through their Automobile Insurance Fraud Program.
Deputy District Attorney Eya Garcia of the Insurance Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16CF0799 / May 03, 2016